Does Skin Tone Matter when Developing a Daily Skincare Routine?

Does Skin Tone Matter when Developing a Daily Skincare Routine?

When it comes to an efficient skincare routine — there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Your skin is as unique as you and different factors can affect its health and glow. Skin tone plays a key role in understanding why your skin is the way it is and developing suitable, sustainable daily care. At Sonäge, we emphasize the importance of natural products for skincare to ensure your skin is getting all the nutrients it needs in the purest possible way — cruelty-free and with the least environmental impact.

The Science Behind It
The three compounds that affect the tone and hue of skin are melanin, hemoglobin and carotene. Melanin has the strongest influence on skin color — a lower level of melanin produces a more pale yellow color and higher production causes a darker skin tone. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the blood and creates a red flush to the skin, which is often more obvious on Caucasian skin. A lack of oxygen leaves skin looking more pale blue or greyish in color. Carotene is an orange/ yellow antioxidant that when converted in the body becomes Vitamin A — promoting healthy skin and good vision. People of Asian or American-Indian descent tend to have more carotene present in their skin cells.

Skin Sensitivities
Ethnic origin can certainly play a part in skin sensitivity. For instance, Asian skin generally reacts to spicy food and Caucasian skin may be visibly affected by weather changes. However, it is not the only factor and must be considered alongside age, medications, environment, allergies etc. Do not assume darker skin is not also susceptible to burn or experience rosacea.

Skin Tones
To determine a natural face treatment based on your skin tone, general rules are as follows:

Fair: Fair skin tends to age faster and so it is important to incorporate a natural wrinkle cream into your routine early on to keep skin hydrated. Natural products for skincare that contain Vitamin C are great for brightening fair skin.

Medium: Medium skin tends to be oilier and susceptible to breakouts. Natural face treatments for oily skin should focus on balancing and purifying the skin. Using abrasive chemical products for breakouts are short-term solutions that strip the skin and so it is always best to look for natural skin care products for acne.

Dark: People with darker skin should take caution when using more aggressive treatments as they are more likely to experience pigmentation issues. It is important to always ensure skin is hydrated for skin cells to repair and renew.

As mentioned, all skin tones are sensitive to sunlight and it is vital to protect skin from harsh UV rays. It is best to incorporate an all natural face sunscreen into your daily routine as chemical alternatives can clog pores and can disrupt hormones.

So there you have it. Many factors should be considered when developing an efficient natural face treatment, but it is always important to analyze your skin tone to make an educated decision when purchasing natural products for skin care.